Emotional and behavioural problems among adolescent off-springs of mothers with depression

Wan Salwina Wan Ismail, Nik Ruzyanei Nik Jaafar, A. M. Nurliza, A. M. Irma, B. Hafiz, I. Ayob, K. X. Lew, M. R Rozhan Shariff, Tuti Iryani Mohd Daud

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Maternal depression has been linked to the development of adolescents' emotional and behavioural problems. The main objective of this study was to determine the association between maternal depressive disorders and externalizing and internalizing problems among their adolescent children. This was a cross-sectional, comparison study of 35 mothers with depression and their adolescents, matched with 35 healthy mothers and their adolescents as controls. The mothers completed Quick Inventory Depressive Symptomatology (QIDS) for assessment of current depression. The emotional and behavioural problems in the adolescents were assessed independently by the mothers and their adolescents off-springs using Child Behavioral Checklist (CBCL) and Youth Self-Report (YSR), respectively. SPSS version 12.0 was used for statistical analysis. The findings showed that adolescents who have mothers with depressive disorders had significantly higher scores of externalizing (mean difference = 4.686 + 10.887, p = 0.016) and total emotional and behavioural problems (mean difference = 10.171 + 23.007, p = 0.013) than controls. The cases also scored higher than the controls in the following CBCL syndrome scales: aggressive behaviour (mean difference = 3.200 + 6.773, p = 0.008), social problem (mean difference = 1.286 + 2.865, p = 0.012), and attention problem (mean difference = 1.543 + 4.435, p = 0.047). Mothers with depressive disorders reported that their adolescents have greater emotional and behavioural problems than the controls. The findings suggested a need for preventive strategies to curb problematic behaviour focusing on this vulnerable group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-43
Number of pages9
JournalMalaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences
Volume9
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Behavioural
  • Child Behavioural Checklist (CBCL)
  • Emotional
  • Maternal depression
  • Youth Self-Report (YSR)

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  • Medicine(all)

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Emotional and behavioural problems among adolescent off-springs of mothers with depression. / Wan Ismail, Wan Salwina; Nik Jaafar, Nik Ruzyanei; Nurliza, A. M.; Irma, A. M.; Hafiz, B.; Ayob, I.; Lew, K. X.; Shariff, M. R Rozhan; Mohd Daud, Tuti Iryani.

In: Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2013, p. 35-43.

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